Bovine TB back on radar after slaughtered BC cow tests positive

Animal was processed at Alberta facility last month but didn’t enter food chain

Canada’s cattle industry is again anxiously awaiting the results after another case of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been confirmed.

This time it was cow slaughtered in a federal facility on Oct. 26 in Alberta, but traced back to a farm located in the southern B.C. interior. No specific location was provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or the B.C. provincial government, which are conducting a joint investigation.

A lab test confirmed bTB in a mature cow back on Nov. 9, with the CFIA noting no portion of the animal entered the food chain.

“This finding has not impacted Canada’s TB-free status,” noted a release on the CFIA website (www.inspection.gc.ca).

As the investigation is in the very early stage, there are no exact numbers of herds and animals that may have been exposed.

To date, only the one bTB positive cow has been confirmed though testing of the herd where the animal originated remains on-going.

However, on their website, it states that six herds in both B.C. and Alberta have been placed under restricted movement controls for the purpose of testing and that tracing efforts are continuing.

That tracing including identifying animals that have entered or left the herd where the bTB positive cow originated from the last five years. Testing will continue into the new year, with the CFIA anticipating more herds in Alberta will be targeted for testing.

At this time, there is no evidence supporting any link to this case and the six positive cases from a ranch near Lethbridge in 2016, that resulted in the destruction of more than 12,000 cattle with producers compensated to the tune of $16.7 million.

Samples from the positive cow are currently undergoing culture which will allow for identification of the strain responsible.

Just Posted

Springbrook Community Skate park Committee receives $125,000 CFEP grant

Group is nearly 75% funded for the $635,000 Skate Park Facility

STARS launches 26th annual lottery worth over $4.5 million

Lottery raises money for new helicopters for Western Canada

Snowfall adds some delay to morning commute

The QE2 and area road conditions in central Alberta were partly snow covered

Legendary artist Amos Garrett heads to the City next month

Central Music Festival Society presents Garrett and Julian Kerr Feb. 9th at the Elks Lodge

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan crews eject

One plane crashed after its crew ejected safely, the other crew also ejected but they have not been found

Judge to deliver verdict in British sailor’s gang rape case

The alleged gang rape took place at a Halifax-area military base in 2015

B.C. minister fears money laundering involves billions of dollars, cites reports

The government had estimated that it was a $200-million a year operation, instead estimates now peg the problem at $1 billion annually

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Environment Minister clarifies misconceptions in Bighorn proposal

Minister Shannon Phillips speaks to concerns around the Bighorn Country

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Most Read